The Most Reverend John McCarthy Lecture Series on the Catholic Church in the 21st Century

The series honors the Most Reverend John McCarthy, who led the Diocese of Austin from 1985 to 2001, and to underscore the university’s commitment to its Catholic roots and Holy Cross heritage. Held on campus by the Center for Ethics and Leadership every spring and fall, the McCarthy Lecture Series brings Catholic religious and lay experts from around the country to discuss issues facing the Catholic Church in the 21st century. The lectures are free and open to the public.

Lectures for 2017-18:

Fall 2017

Thomas P. Rausch, S.J, Pope Francis--Reclaiming the Vision of Vatican II (Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, Jones Global Event Center, 5 p.m.)

When the cardinals elected Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis in 2013, they had the reform of the Roman Curia very much in mind.  But Francis has experienced considerable pushback in his efforts to renew the Church.  Father Rausch’s talk will look at the steps he has taken to reclaim the vision of Vatican II.  Read transcript here.

Spring 2018

Natalia Imperatori-Lee--Latinx Catholicism and the Future of the Church in the United States (Thursday, March 22, 2018, Jones Global Event Center, 5 p.m.)

 The future of the Catholic Church rooted in the experiences and lives of Lantio/a Catholics in the United States.


Selected Lectures: Volume 1

Selected Lectures: Volume 2

Selected Lectures: Volume 3

Selected Lectures: Volume 4

Selected Lectures: Volume 5

Past Lectures

Information from past lectures can be found here.